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Floods hit many parts of India and Pakistan

Flooding had affected at least 2.2 million people in 3505 villages of 93 blocks and 14 urban areas of 19 districts in the Orissa state of India. According to government reports 14 domestic animals have died and 2 elephants have been swept away by flood waters to a distance of about 5 kilometres and are waiting rescue.  Two persons have died of snake bite and many are stuck up in swampy embankments and mounts without any safe drinking water.

Mean while state had started airdropping food packets for flood victims of Kendrapada, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts other facilities. Several voluntary organisations and political parties have also initiated flood relief activities.

In coastal Odisha, many people are taking shelter in embankments those are vulnerable to breach.  In Daleighai of Jagatsinghpur district, thousands of villagers are taking shelter.  This embankment breached in 1982 floods. So far reports have come about the breach of 21 embankments including 15 big ones.

The continuing thunder showers have hampered relief operations and have affected people taking shelter under makeshift structures on highways.

Meanwhile Pakistan which is still struggling to rebuild after last year's worst floods is hit by floods for the second consecutive year. Latest government estimates put the number of people affected by the floods in Sindh Pakistan at 5.3 million, of which 1.7 million are in need of urgent assistance. The flooding has claimed more than 200 lives and destroyed or damaged one million homes. Some 280,000 people displaced by the floods are currently living in camps established by the government.

However, in many areas urgent protection initiatives are needed.  Children who have become separated from their families need to be traced and reunified. Vulnerable persons such as those with disabilities, female-headed households and minority groups need to have full access to assistance without discrimination.



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